ESPN's Sam Acho explains how KJ Jefferson's play will be a key against Texas A&M
If Arkansas is going to knock off Texas A&M on Saturday, it may need KJ Jefferson to have some success moving the ball through the air.
At least that’s what ESPN analyst Sam Acho seems to think. During an appearance on “College Football Live” on Thursday, Acho broke down what he believes to be the key to the matchup between the Razorbacks and Aggies — can Jefferson pass the ball effectively against Texas A&M’s defense?
“They’ve been able to run the ball effectively, but KJ Jefferson at quarterback, there have been some questions as if he can throw the ball effectively,” Acho said on the show. “Last week, he put up 366 yards and 3 touchdowns against a not very good football team. But Week 1 and Week 2 against Rice and Texas, he didn’t even throw for over 200.
“So, what will Arkansas’ offense, followed by KJ Jefferson, be able to do against a formidable defense in Texas A&M? Defensively, they’re solid, we understand that. But it’s the offense, it’s the quarterback position, it’s that man right there — KJ Jefferson — who is a threat to run the ball. Their offensive attack can run it. But can he throw it against a stout defense with A&M? I’m excited to see.”
So far, Arkansas’ toughest matchup has been against Texas on Sept. 11. In that game, Jefferson passed for 138 yards and 1 interception, as it was the only time so far this season he hasn’t scored a touchdown (passing or rushing) in a game.
Texas A&M’s defense has been stingy against the pass, allowing only 77.3 yards through the air per game thus far. That ranks first in the SEC, well ahead of every other team in the conference. (Georgia is second at 142.)
But if Jefferson can find a way to beat the Aggies’ secondary, that could lead to big things for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas and Texas A&M are set to kick off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.